Despite the Embraer Legacy 450 having been discontinued in 2020 and replaced by the Praetor 500, it is a worthy competitor for the Challenger 350.
These aircraft in similar in many ways. And, in many ways, seek to attract similar customers.
Therefore, how do you decide which one is right for you? And, more importantly, which one should you buy?
The Embraer Legacy 450 is powered by two Honeywell HTF7500E engines. Each engine is capable of producing up to 6,540 lbf of thrust. Therefore, the total thrust output comes to 13,080lbf.
On the other hand, the Bombardier Challenger 350 is powered by two Honeywell HTF7350 turbofan engines. Each engine is capable of producing up to 7,323 lbf of thrust. This results in a total thrust output of 14,646 lbf.
Both aircraft are evenly matched when it comes to their maximum cruising altitude. Both the Legacy 450 and Challenger 350 can cruise up to 45,000 feet.
However, when it comes to the maximum cruise speed of each aircraft, the Legacy 450 is able to just edge out the Challenger 350. The Legacy 450 has a maximum cruise speed of 462 knots.
Whereas the Challenger 350 can’t cruise faster than 448 knots.
Therefore, over the course of 1,000 nautical miles, the Legacy 450 will save you 4 minutes compared with the Challenger 350. This is, of course, assuming both aircraft are flying at their maximum cruise speed.
However, if you plan to use one of these aircraft regularly, that time saving can quickly add up to the Legacy 450 saving you many hours in the long run.
Next up is range. The Challenger 350 is capable of flying up to 3,200 nautical miles without needing to refuel.
However, the Embraer Legacy 450 can only fly up to 2,904 nautical miles non-stop.
Theoretically, these range figures are enough to fly non-stop over the Atlantic from New York to Europe. However, even in perfect conditions with a minimal payload, the Legacy 450 would fall short of reach London. Instead, the Legacy 450 could only make it non-stop from New York to Dublin.
Conversely, the Challenger 350 is capable of flying non-stop from New York to London.
However, the concern with these range figures and crossing the Atlantic is that once you factor in a strong head wind and additional payload, the non-stop capabilities will decrease.
Therefore, it is unlikely that either of these aircraft will be regularly crossing the Atlantic. Rather a more common use for these aircraft will likely be flying coast-to-coast, cruising from Los Angeles to New York.
Ground performance of each aircraft is not surprising.
Given that the Legacy 450 is a smaller aircraft with a smaller range, the minimum take off and landing distance is far lower than the Challenger.
The minimum take off distance of the Legacy 450 is 3,907 feet compared with a minimum take off distance of 4,835 feet for the Challenger 350.
When it comes to landing the Legacy 450 wins once again. The minimum landing distance for the Embraer Legacy 450 is 2,090 feet. Whereas the minimum landing distance of the Bombardier Challenger 350 comes in at 2,364 feet.
A difference in take off distance of nearly 1,000 feet is relatively significant. One can’t rule out the situation of wishing to operate from an airport that can accommodate the Legacy 450 but not the Challenger 350.
When it comes to interior space, the Challenger 350 achieves a clear victory over the Legacy.
The Challenger 350’s interior measures 7.32 meters long and 2.08 meters wide.
In comparison the Legacy 450 measures 7.32 meters in length and 2.08 meters in width.
Both aircraft have a cabin height of 1.83 meters.
Consequently, Bombardier say that the Challenger 350 can accommodate up to 10 passengers while the Legacy can fit up to 9 passengers.
However, it is very rare that a business jet is configured to hold the maximum number of people, let alone actually fly at maximum capacity.
Despite the addition space onboard the Challenger 350, its baggage capacity is slightly less. The Legacy 450 has an official baggage capacity of 150 cubic feet, while the Challenger 350 has a baggage capacity of 106 cubic feet.
Much like when comparing the newer Embraer Praetor 600 with the Challenger 350, the cabin altitude of the Legacy 450 is far lower than the Challenger’s.
The benefit of a lower cabin altitude is a more pleasant cabin environment along with reducing the effects of jet lag. In terms of numbers, the maximum cabin altitude of the Challenger 350 is 7,848 feet. In comparison, the maximum cabin altitude of the Legacy 450 is just 5,800 feet.
This is a difference in cabin altitude that will most likely be felt and appreciated by passengers.
Embraer legacy 450 Interior
Inside you will first notice the flat floor and the six feet of headroom. The Legacy 450 is capable of carrying up to nine passengers. Featuring luxurious, fully reclining leather seats that seamlessly integrate with the cabin are paired with a window to give passengers an unmatched inflight experience.
Unique to Embraer, the entire cabin can be controlled from the upper tech panel. This panel is a convenient touchscreen that allows you to control the entire cabin and check on the progress of your flight. Built with an intuitive design, the overhead touchscreen panel ensures that you can get all the relevant information at a glance, while also being able to control your environment.
Bombardier Challenger 350 Interior
Features of the Challenger include a fully flat floor, access to baggage during flight and exquisite finishes. Furthermore the Challenger 350 features exceptional craftsmanship, carefully selected finishes, large windows and angled touch screens. Optionally experience Ka-band and 4G air-to-ground internet. This allows you to stream music, watch movies & participate in video conferences.
As to be expected from an aircraft of this class the Challenger 350 gives you the ability to control the cabin from the comfort of every seat. The cabin management system of the 350 has been inspired by Bombardier’s flagship aircraft – the Global 7500. The cabin management system allows you to connect to your personal devices with a super simple user interface. Learn more about the Challenger 350 interior.
Embraer Legacy 450 Interior
Bombardier Challenger 350 Interior
The difference between the hourly charter rate of each aircraft is stark. However, please note that there are a variety of factors that impact the hourly rate of a private jet charter.
Having said that, estimates can always be provided. Therefore, the estimated hourly charter rate of the Embraer Legacy 450 is $3,800.
On the other hand, the estimated hourly charter rate of the Bombardier Challenger 350 is $4,950.
This price difference continues when it comes to buying these aircraft from new. However, please note that the Legacy 450 is no longer available as a new price. Therefore, the list price stated is the price just prior to the end of its life.
When the Legacy 450 could be purchased from new, the list price was $15.25 million. The Challenger 350 is still available new, with a list price of $26 million. Configurate your Bombardier Challenger 350 here.
However, looking at the pre-owned price of these aircraft is revealing. Especially considering that 85% of private jet purchases are of pre-owned aircraft.
The depreciation of the Legacy 450 is fairly consistent, losing around $1 million in value every year. Therefore, a 2016 example is estimated to cost $10.5 million. Considering that production of the Legacy 450 only stopped in 2020, the Legacy 450 holds its value.
Therefore, the legacy 450 has only lost around 1/3 of its value after four years of ownership.
Unfortunately, the Bombardier Challenger 350 doesn’t fare as well as the Legacy. A 2016 example is estimated to cost $12.5 million. Therefore, over the course of four to five years, the Challenger 350 loses half of its value.
The legacy 450 and Challenger 350 are very similar aircraft. However, the area that that the Challenger 350 exceeds in range.
Unfortunately for the Challenger, this is the only real area that it clear exceeds. Moreover, the competition has got even tougher with the Praetor 500 and 600.